TNLA responses to NRPC statement on release of civilian Nang Mo Hom

Min Naing Soe

The National Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC) in which State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi is the  chairperson made a statement on September 10 for the immediate release of civilian Nang Mo Hom from Honaung ward in Namt Kham Township by the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA).

In spite of that statement, TNLA has expressed no desire for the immediate release of Nan Mo Huam according to Major Tar Aik Kyaw, from the news and information center of TNLA.

“Currently, we issued a statement. Concerning with investigation, judicial department is carrying out the task. As it is still during operational period, we have to move here and there for the safety of news and information. Therefore, there will be no immediate release of Nang Mo Hom,” said Major Tar Aik Kyaw.

Nang Mo Hom from Honaung ward in Namt Kham Township, Muse district in northern Shan State was taken from her house on the morning of August 17 at gunpoint by the TNLA.

In the statement made by NRPC, it is stated that they severely denounced the act of detaining a normal civilian like Nang Mo Hom which, in essence, hampered the lives and properties of the people as well as rule of law and order.

Nang Mo Hom who opened a Naung Maung shop in Namt Kham in Palaung self administrative region in northern Shan State was arrested as allegedly she broke the law according to the statement made by TNLA on September 3.

On September 3, the TNLA released a statement claiming that Nang Mo Hom was responsible for the death of an on-duty Ta’ang soldier who was serving as a tax collector. Her family has denied any connection in the soldier’s death, but the TNLA’s own court is charging her under Article 333 of its own criminal code. The armed group’s rule states that those found guilty will be fined and must serve up to 10 years in prison.

TNLA also stated that central court of TNLA will accept the case and on the day they decide upon her ruling, it will be done in front of her family and public.

Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) has sent a letter to NRPC. Likewise, Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP) has also sent letters to President Win Myint and Commander-in-Chief of Defense Services concerning the matter.

On September 7, civil society organizations, representatives and family members of Nang Mo Hom, held a peaceful procession at Namt Kham for the release of her. Some political parties in the area also came there for support.